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The Commercial Agents Regulations: a step behind the times?

By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

Exclusion clauses under the spotlight: UCTA reasonableness

By Perran Jervis In decisions handed down one day apart, the Court of Appeal concluded that a far-reaching exclusion clause which limited liability for negligence was reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), whereas an exclusion clause in a lease (in the form of a non-reliance clause) was not. The decisions emphasise that […]

Currency, cost calculations and contractual clarity

Walker Morris’ Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Gwendoline Davies, highlights the importance of dealing comprehensively and clearly with matters of currency and calculation in cross-border contracts…

Belgian draft Trade Secrets Act: opportunities for the life sciences sector

On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Rödl & Partner sees legal turnover hike

German multidisciplinary firm Rödl & Partner has reported a sharp increase in the turnover of its legal services arm. Global turnover generated from legal and tax consulting jumped by 16 per cent to E50m (£34.4m) in 2004. Meanwhile, global firmwide turnover increased by 3 per cent to E151m (£103.8m) for the same period. Co-founder and […]

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Can Fleck reach the Gold standard at Herbies? As Herbert Smith’s new senior partner David Gold prepares to take office on 1 April, the inevitable question is: what role will practice partner Richard Fleck have under Gold’s leadership? Although Fleck stood against Gold unsuccessfully in last October’s senior partner elections, Herbert Smith claims that they […]

Wragges private client team joins Mills & Reeve

Wragge & Co’s 15-strong private client team is moving to the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve. The team is led by partner Gary Barber and includes nine additional fee-earners and five support staff. Their arrival will double the size of Mills & Reeve’s private client team in Birmingham, led by former Martineau Johnson partner […]

Minter Ellison picks external candidate for top job

Australian giant Minter Ellison has recruited the former managing partner of PA Consulting Group Guy Templeton to the post of chief executive. Templeton will work alongside long serving chief executive Phil Clark until 1 July when he formally takes the reins. At PA Consulting, Templeton was one of ten global managing partners as well as […]

Dewey hire signals push into China

Dewey Ballantine has joined the ranks of law firms piling into China by hiring its first Beijing partner. The US firm has recruited Sharon Mann, a former senior director of the Trade Facilitation Office for the US Embassy in Beijing, as the first partner in its Beijing outpost. The office will advise clients on international […]

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